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Female Composers


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Our  ‘Female Composers Concert’ on 12th June was held in celebration of the centenary of the ‘Representation of the People’ act of 1918 which allowed some women to have the vote for the first time.

Students presented works by a variety of female composers, from the Classical, Jazz, Pop and Film music genres. It was also an opportunity for our own student composers to showcase their work with Bethan playing one of her GCSE compositions written for flute and piano and Session Orchestra performing two movements from a piece they had composed in their sessions.

Other highlights included a dynamic performance by Emilia of Cecile Chaminade’s ‘Concertino’ and Jazz Band’s arrangement of ‘John R’ by the jazz harpist Dorothy Ashby.

Alumna of the Year


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We are delighted and very proud to announce that Notting Hill & Ealing High School’s Dr Nirupa Murugaesu (NHEHS 1995) has been voted this year’s GDST Alumna of the Year.

Nirupa is the Clinical Lead for Molecular Oncology at Genomics England. She provides clinical leadership and oversight of the Cancer Programme for The 100,000 Genomes Project, the groundbreaking genome sequencing project – set up to harness the power of genomics in the treatment of rare diseases and cancers. The project involves sequencing the DNA codes of cancer patients, in order to be able to provide better, earlier diagnoses and personal care for sufferers. The project is transforming cancer care throughout the NHS.

Votes were cast by the whole GDST family of students, their parents, staff and alumnae. Nirupa was presented with her award by the Chair of the Council of the GDST Juliet Humphries at the annual reception following the GDST Summit on 13 June. On receiving her award Nirupa said ”I want to acknowledge the GDST for showcasing the talents of its Alumnae across such a variety of fields. This can only inspire current students to set their aspirations high.” She also thanked “ …inspiring teachers and incredible colleagues for their brilliant support.”

Nirupa with Matthew Shoults, Head, NHEHS and Juliet Humphries Chair of Council, GDST

Other nominees for the award were
Composer Anna Appleby, (Newcastle High School for Girls), writer, broadcaster, and barrister Afua Hirsch (Wimbledon High School), Professor Bettany Hughes award-winning historian, author and broadcaster (Notting Hill and Ealing High School) journalist, Alexandra King, (Nottingham Girls’ High School), Kate Phillips, Controller of BBC Entertainment, (Shrewsbury High School), Lawyer Sonali Naik, (Birkenhead High School Academy) and Dr Helen Scales writer, presenter and marine biologist (Sutton High School.)

Track and Field


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In the  Middlesex Round of the Track and Field Cup the NHEHS Year 7 & 8 Team (Juniors) finished in a respectable third place. Points are yet to be confirmed fully, but their points score of 293- may be enough to get the team to the Regional Finals (top 24 points scores in the region go through). We will find out next week. Particularly good performances from Zoe in the Javelin (21m35), Eva-Marie in the 800m (2m43), Bronwen in the 200m (29.2) and Sofia  in the 300m (49.9).

Our Year 9 & 10 Team (Intermediates) finished in fourth place, with the two events where we scored 0 meaning we didn’t quite manage to meet our potential on the day. However, there were again some outstanding individual performances by Isabella  winning the 100m (13.6), Sophie winning the shot (7m67), Natasha  coming second in the 300m (47.80), Milly in the Triple Jump (9m11) and an outstanding performance by Jasmine who finished the 1500m in 5 minutes 24 seconds.

Spring Concert


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The NHEHS annual Spring Concert was held at St Barnabas’ Church.  The  Symphony Orchestra performed with great confidence the overture to Coriolan by Beethoven followed by several concerto movements. Charlotte  played the first movement from Haydn’s Piano Concerto No. 11 and Lydia  performed the third movement from Shostakovich’s hauntingly beautiful Piano Concerto No. 2  accompanied by the Symphony Orchestra. Georgie and Emilia presented a movement from Handel’s Gloria and finally the Senior Choir joined forces with the Parent and Friends of NHEHS Choir and accompanied by an orchestra made up of students and professionals performed two works, the evocative Serenade to Music by Vaughan Williams and the dramatic Schicksalslied  by Brahms.

GDST Cricket


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NHEHS students Hannah (Year 11) and Deepa (Year 13) were among a GDST Select XI who took on Marylebone Cricket Club(MCC) Women in a competitive match at Hampstead Cricket Club, London today.

Students from schools across the Girls’ Day School Trust (GDST) competed against professional players including Charlotte Edwards and Beth Barrett-Wild. The match was set-up to inspire the next generation of girls to play cricket.

England cricket superstar Lydia Greenway coached the GDST team, who battled the elements in the 20-20 over match, which saw MCC win by 115 – 71 runs.
Charlotte Edwards, MCC Women said, “Seeing these girls playing here today makes me just as happy as England winning the World Cup final. This match is all about the spirit of cricket. It’s so important that girls are given the opportunity to play in school to help us provide opportunities for the next generation. Now is such an exciting time for women’s cricket and I’m thrilled to be part of today’s match.”

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Football Season


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Football this year has really developed thanks to the coaching of Mr McComb, Mr Chwistek, Ms Dunkley and also the Brentford FC coaches who have been coming into school every Friday. This year NHEHS has fielded U13, U15, U18 A and U18 B competitive football teams who have all performed fantastically well with all players making significant progress over the course of the year.

This progress has been illustrated with the U13 girls being crowned the GDST football rally champions (they went the whole tournament unbeaten), the U13 team playing five competitive games against local schools, winning four games and only being beaten once in a narrow 5-4 defeat against West London Free School. The U14 team has also been fantastic with two wins (most recently a great 2-0 win against Godolphin and Latymer), one defeat and two draws. The sixth form teams have also had a good season playing against established football schools (some have had England internationals among their line-ups) and to date they have only had one defeat.

Make Your Move


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The British Red Cross ‘Make your Move’ dance competition involves junior and senior teams, or individuals, choreographing and performing a dance based on the work of the Red Cross. In order to take part the students also have to raise a minimum donation of £100 pounds for the British Red Cross.

Some of our sixth formers were interested in entering and supporting the work of the Red Cross. To raise the funds they needed, and with the help of their friends, they put on an evening of dance and music for an audience of students and parents. The event was just superb, showcasing a variety of different musical and dance talents from a range of our students and raising over £600 for the charity.

Young Enterprise


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Since October we have had  27 Year 12 students in three teams competing in the Young Enterprise challenge. Each team has had to start their own business from scratch and they have competed with teams nationwide in trade fairs and by selling to the public.

Team Boondoggle have been selling their own t-shirts which are creative, modern and stylistic, Team Pick-a-tea have been selling their range of ethical teas which have proved to be popular with all tea enthusiasts and Team Spectrum have developed a wide range of well-being products with their personalised well-being cards in particular, being a product with an excellent unique selling point.

On Thursday 22nd March the 3 teams attended the West London final and all three teams did fantastically well. The judges grilled them during their review meeting and then they had to present their products to a full hall. On the night two awards were given out to NHEHS: Boondoggle – best presentation and Spectrum – most innovate product.

Languages Festival


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A team of 25 NHEHS students have been  up to Northampton High School to participate in the annual GDST Languages Festival.

As well as enjoying the range of activities on offer, they seized the opportunity to develop their confidence and competence in their languages.  Special congratulations go to Aria, Isabel, Amelia and Amber who won the Year 9 Spanish Play category and to Zareen  who won the Year 10 French Poetry prize.  

Thank you to Northampton High for hosting such a great day.


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